My Narrow Escape from Hungary in 1956

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In this show you will meet Zoltan Bagdy, friend, and traveler who, at the age of 17, escapes Hungary in 1956 with his parents and sister.  You will hear about his life before and during the revolution, you will hear about how they walked through the cold, snowy, dark and strange countryside to finally cross into Yugoslavia. You will hear about refugee camps and their travels to the very different America.

Story Notes:

  • The early years in Hungary—prosperous family, good student, vacations, happy home
  • The revolution
  • College student demonstrating – Speeches at parliament
  • Russians arrive – thousands of Hungarians killed, thousands escaped
  • A family decision—stay or leave Hungary
    • Where to go – Austrian border is already closed
    • The crossing into Yugoslavia-
    • Alone in the world—just the four of them
  • Refugee Camps
    • Postcard from San Diego
      · Impressions of America
      · Revisiting Hungary
      · Over 60 years later—what is Hungary like today
      · Benjamin Franklin quote


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1 COMMENT

  1. Very interesting heartfelt story of your life. Zoltan Bagdy. Was mesmerized listening to it. Thanks for sharing. And Thanks Ann. Lois Williams Nath

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